Diving in History
Discovering the thrill of diving can be life changing. There is something so electrifying about breathing underwater and exploring the unknown! Diving goes way back, a long time before modern diving actually developted. One of the first stories of underwater breathing dates back all the way to 500 BC, when a Greek soldier supposedly dived off of a ship and used a hallow reed to breath underwater for hours. Through the centuries many references can be found on how some dived for various reasons, like Alexander the Great , who according to Aristotle, found a way to hid underwater while the seige of Tyre was taking place - apparently, Alexander was able to stay underwater by using a barrel as his very own diving bell!
It was until the 1940's, however, that Jacques Cousteau and engineer Emilie Gagnan were successful in creating a rebreathing device that actually worked. A decade later, recreational diving became one of the most popular activities.
Nowdays, throughout the underwater world, one can found the remains of human activities- from the ancient world to aircrafts from World WarII.
On this context , diving in ancient wrecks is an uncanny experience, leaving the divers with awe.
The UNESCO 2001 Convention encourages the responsible public access to underwater cultural heritage, as for instance ancient shipwrecks or sunken cities, if that does not put the heritage at risk. Many diving trails have been created all over the world. Thus the opportunity given is extraordinary.